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 Post subject: Back from the Ganges
PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2009 4:27 pm 
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and my Himalayan Golden Mahseer fishing trip. First off I must thank Indian Angler for all the helpful info regarding tackle and tactics, it has really been a gold mine of information!

In short, my trip was fantastic. Although I have been to India before, this was my first time in Delhi and in the north, and my first time fishing there. Fabulous food, very friendly locals and stunning scenery; the fishing was pretty good as well!
I caught a number of mahseer, mostly ranging in the 6 - 10lbs class, but I was lucky and the last fish I caught was a beast!
Here are some photos:

My first mahseer, beautiful creature:
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Sunrise over the mountains:
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Tough fight:
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Oh meri jaan!
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When the time came, I really didn't want to leave India. I am planning my next trip already!
Cheers,
Adam


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Wow!

The last one really is a beast. What lure did you use?


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thats a catch!


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Ali:
Thanks! The last fish was taken on a J13 Rapala jointed floating minnow. Although over the course of my trip, the lure that consistently produced the most bites was the Acme Little Cleo spoon, in gold.
Both of these I bought after reading advice here on IA.

Aloo2007:
Thanks! And she was released safe and sound, so hopefully the next time I am there we can meet again.

Cheers,
Adam


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Adam,
Beautiful fish and a great result on the Ganges. You wouldn't happen to have been at a quite famous spot (from Casting for Gold) where a tributary comes in would you, just wondered as the hills looked vaguely familiar. Have fished the Ganges myself unsuccessfully and saw dynamiting going on, so would be nice to think that there were still some mahseer in that area.


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Hi Adam,
That was a great catch. The pics were nice. Thanks for sharing.

Cheers,
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That is one beautiful fish, congrats


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adam .....thats a beautiful catch.....congratulations


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:34 am 
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Incredible! I love that fish.

Great going!


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Gary:
Yes, very observant of you. The point is Byas Ghat, where the Nayar flows into the Ganges. You can just about see the confluence in the upper right part of the sunrise photo. Whilst fishing there I met Surendra, the local guide who ghillied for the anglers in the documentary you mention.
During my visit thankfully we saw no evidence of dynamiting, but rafting on the way in we spotted poachers' nets and gear at two sites.

Apoo, Bobby, rod n reels & Mahseerken:
Thank you all for your kind words! It was a real once in a lifetime experience.


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Wqw,

Great fish Adam.. :P

Man how I would love to latch on to these northies gold once again. It is ages since I landad one.

the setting is almost perfect.

Keep it up and congratulations.

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Ali :lol:


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Angler Ali:
Thanks!
As well as the fishing, the scenery, location and people all made it very special...I wish I could have stayed longer!
Cheers,
Adam


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Adam,
Thought i recognised the shape of the hills, and also the black rock in the background of one of the photos!
Fantastic that there are still fish being caught there, i was there a couple of years back and we were a bit too late - the fish had already gone through, but always hard to get the timing right when booking months ahead, but i will be back one day.
I also met Surinder when i was there and it was great sitting out on the roof of his house drinking chai and looking through his old photos and listening to some of his stories about the fish he'd seen caught, he really helped us with the fishing as well.
Well done again, you can't get much better than catching a mahseer from the Ganges!


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Gary,
I was very lucky with the timing. The company that I was with, had back-to-back bookings for fishing there before and after my stay. I hope they had as good fishing as I did!
You are right it don't get much better...until next time of course!
Cheers,
Adam


Gary Newman wrote:
Adam,
Thought i recognised the shape of the hills, and also the black rock in the background of one of the photos!
Fantastic that there are still fish being caught there, i was there a couple of years back and we were a bit too late - the fish had already gone through, but always hard to get the timing right when booking months ahead, but i will be back one day.
I also met Surinder when i was there and it was great sitting out on the roof of his house drinking chai and looking through his old photos and listening to some of his stories about the fish he'd seen caught, he really helped us with the fishing as well.
Well done again, you can't get much better than catching a mahseer from the Ganges!


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Thanks for the pictures and glad to know you had a good time
come back for more
Regards


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nice catch
Cheers!!!
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michaelaga wrote:
Thanks for the pictures and glad to know you had a good time
come back for more
Regards


Michaelaga,
Thank you, it was the time of my life! And yes, I would love to visit India again for mahseer angling! I am planning my next trip already...
Cheers,
Adam


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mayursud,
Thank you!
Adam


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Adam,

I can see you had a good time, its written all over your face. Thanks for sharing. The feeling of release is as good as the feeling of catch. You know what I mean :-)
Hope you are back soon.


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Aweesome mate..... Lovely fish and g8 to hear thet were all released :)


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Thanks for sharing! I've been there ,it is a magical place!
Regards,
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Adolph wrote:
Adam,

I can see you had a good time, its written all over your face. Thanks for sharing. The feeling of release is as good as the feeling of catch. You know what I mean :-)
Hope you are back soon.


Adolph & Shaphan,
Thanks and yes all the fish were caught with good hooksets, shallow in the upper or lower lip, and all fish were released okay. The power of the fish was amazing as they sped off back into the river, really a wonderful feeling...

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yaj,
Thank you and yes, it is an amazing place!


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 Post subject: conratz
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 8:21 am 
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great catch,location looks fantastic conratz.


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 Post subject: Re: conratz
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junaid wrote:
great catch,location looks fantastic conratz.


Junaid,
Thank you! (sorry for the delay in replying)
My next ambition is to take one of these wonderful fish on a fly.
All the best,
Adam


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